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FreshWater Turtles

  1. 1. Fresh Water TurtlesBy Lauren Luckenbaugh (Luckenbaugh,sheldon)
  2. 2. Freshwater TurtlesFreshwater turtles are very unique, they haveinteresting bodies, and many different species. Theycome in many different shapes and sizes. Like anyother animal species they have some that areendangered.
  3. 3. River Monsters
  4. 4. What if you had a bone or piece of cartilage to protect the outside of you? Football players would not longer need helmets and hockey players would no longer protective gear. Well freshwater turtles have either a bone or piece of hard cartilage that develops from the ribs around their back to form a “shield” or shell.(Bennent,1) *Luckenbaugh,sheldon)
  5. 5. Shell(Luckenbaugh,Sheldon) The upper part of the shell, on the back, is called the carapace, the lower part of the shell that encases the belly is called the plastron. These two pieces are held together by bony structures on the side called bridges. The scales on the turtle are made up of keratin which is reinforcement of the shell. The shape is dome like to keep predators from being able to crush it.(Bennent,1)
  6. 6. SkinThe outer part of the skin is actually connected to theturtles shell, so it makes it impossible for them to losetheir shell. They like other reptiles shed their skin, butit comes off in small pieces, instead of a big sheet likesnakes do.(Bennent,1) (Luckenbaugh,Sheldon)
  7. 7. LimbsTurtles have short legs, and aren’t supposed to beable to move very quickly, this is caused because ofthey thick heavy shell. The feet of freshwater turtlesare webbed so they can thrusts themselves throughwater more easily.(Bennent,1) (Luckenbaugh,Sheldon)
  8. 8. Ecology (Luckenbaugh,Sheldon) All freshwater turtles breath air, and must surface at regular intervals to grab some oxygen. If they need to they can spend plenty of time on dry land. Freshwater turtles must have sunlight in order to keep their shells healthy.(Dix,1)
  9. 9. Terrapins Aquatic freshwater turtles are referred to as terrapins. Freshwater turtles are generally a lot smaller than tortoises and saltwater turtles.(Bennent,1)
  10. 10. Tracing Back It is to be said that turtles can be traced back to dinosaurs about 200 million years ago. They were traced back with similar traits of the Procolophonoids, Millerettids, and The Parelasaurs. They had similar characteristics but certainly werent the same.(Bennent,1)
  11. 11. TaxonomyPhylum: ChordataClass: ReptilliaOrder: Testudines (luckenbaugh,Sheldon)Family: Emydidae ( plus many others)(USDA,1)
  12. 12. Endangered freshwater turtles Red- Crowned River Turtle Red River Giant Soft Shell Turtle Roti Snake Neck Turtle South East Asian Soft shell Turtle Annam Pond Turtle Bog Turtle Central American River Turtle Coahuila Box Turtle Myanmar River Turtle(Collet,1)
  13. 13. Female Freshwater Turtles The female turtle is the one who picks a mate. She may also choose more than one mate.She is the one who has to put forth the most energy in mating, she is the one who must lay the egg, after that they don’t have any other parental obligations. (Luckenbaugh,Sheldon)(Turtles,1)
  14. 14. Male Turtles The male turtle must try and find a mate, but they arent not the ones who have the choice on who they mate with the female turtle does. The often fight each other to gain the attention of the female turtle.The only thing that they really provide is the fertilization of the egg.(Turtles,1) (Luckenbaugh,pond turtles)
  15. 15. Largest Freshwater TurtleALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE 16-32 inches as an adult &v=rIeL0g8GpXM (Giant,1) Khaosproductions. Alligator Snapping
  16. 16. Smallest TurtleBog turtle 3-4 inches as an adult (Adkins,1) Walunas, Rosie. Bog Turtle
  17. 17. PetsSome turtles can be kept as pets The most common pet turtle is : Red- Eared Slider (Robyn,1)
  18. 18. ConclusionThere are many different kinds of freshwater turtles.They can be very large or very small. They seem to bealmost prehistoric looking. They are very interestinganimals. And can also be enjoyed as pets.
  19. 19. Works citedAdkins, Mark. "Turtles: Freshwater Turtle, Musk Turtles, Size Adult." AllExperts Questions & Answers. 17 Nov. 2007. Web. 15 Oct. 2011. <>.Collet, Michele. "10 Most Endangered Turtles on Earth." Environmental Graffiti. 28 Oct. 2010. Web. 23 Oct. 2011. endangered- turtles.Bennett, Stephen H. "FreshWater Turtles." DNR. Turtle Conservation Fund. Web. 09 Oct. 2011. <>.Dix, James. "What Do Freshwater Turtles Eat?" EHow. Web. 09 Oct. 2011. <>."Giant Amazon River Turtle." National Aquarium, Baltimore | Home. Web. 11 Oct. 2011. <>.Robyn. "Robyns Pond Turtle Species." Fish Pond Info. 5 Mar. 2011. Web. 09 Oct. 2011. <>."Turtles." Animal World. Web. 09 Oct. 2011. <>.USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. "Turtle populations affected byclimate, habitat loss and overexploitation." ScienceDaily, 15 Feb. 2011. Web. 11 Oct. 2011
  20. 20. Photo works cited Khaosproductions. Alligator Snapping Turtle.Sept 19 2010. Luckenbaugh,Lauren. Sheldon. October 2011 Walunas, Rosie. Bog Turtle.August 23 2010. "River Monsters: Mother of All Turtles - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. Animal Planet. Web. 02 Dec. 2011. < watch?v=0p8oMS3IODQ>. "YouTube - Broadcast Yourself." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. Dirty Jobs. Web. 02 Dec. 2011. <http://>."Reptiles, Amphibians, Invertebrates & Small Pets : Red- Eared Slider Facts - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. Web. 02 Dec. 2011. <http://>.